Unfortunately, unless you are an iTunes producer or iTunes Connect member, you can't self-publish to Apple's iBookstore.  In order to become an iTunes Connect or iBooks publisher, you have to meet the following criteria (as of 10/4/11); if much time has elapsed since this was written, check this link for updated data (or Google for "iBooks iTunes Publisher Requirements):

 

  • An Intel-based Mac running OS X 10.5.8 or later
  • At least 1 GB RAM
  • QuickTime 7.0.3 or later. This is so you can encode and deliver content using our dedicated software.
  • At least 10 GB of available hard drive space (more for larger catalogs) is recommended.
  • A broadband internet connection with an upload rate of 1 MB/sec or faster is recommended.

 

You must also i) have ISBNs for all titles you intend to distribute in the ePUB eBooks format and ii) be Able to deliver book content in passing the latest version of EpubCheck.  Lastly, insofar as financial requirements, you must have
A valid U.S. Tax ID; A valid iTunes Store account, with a credit card on file, and, lastly, they want you to know that:

"Apple does not pay partners until they meet payment requirements and earning thresholds in each territory. You should consider this before applying to work directly with Apple as you may receive payments faster by working with an Apple-approved aggregator."


As shown in our ePUB Basics category, above, you can find a list of current Apple Content Aggregators here (essentially, publishers who publish your book to the iBookstore, as well as other epub and mobi channels/retailers, for a fee and a percentage of your sales):  Apple-Approved Aggregators List.

 

Good luck!

Phone Call Alert! 

(Please read, thanks.) 

Old Timey Switchboard Operator Cartoon

 

Due to the COVID-19 onslaught, we currently cannot take incoming phone calls.  

 

A notification about phone calls:  due to the COVID-19 plague, we've significantly increased our incoming inquiries--nearly double our usual volume--and the number of incoming inquiries by phone has been literally overwhelming.  Although most writers will say that their call "will only take 15 minutes," the truth is, that after 10 years of doing this, most author inquiry calls take an hour.  45 minutes at best. I'm currently receiving 7-10 calls/day, and due to that, I've had to stop accepting incoming phone calls, which my voicemail will tell you. You can leave a message--I can't call you back without one--and if a call is needed, I will of course call you.  But we have very complete and extensive email replies, handouts and our website is very informative. Almost all the questions that I receive during a call are actually already answered on our site, or are, in fact, publishing questions, not questions about our services, what we do, what we offer, or the like.  I already handle between 90-130 emails/day, as it is. I can't handle that many emails and take 7-10 hours of calls each day. I can't. So, in order to be able to answer this huge email volume, to help the greatest number of people, with my time, I've had to stop accepting calls.  I'm sorry, but that's just how it is. I'm in the process of setting up a call-appointment function, for free 15-minute calls to answer questions from new prospective customers and longer paid sessions for folks who generally want consulting on "publishing," generally (and for prospective kids' book publishers, as a special category of paid consulting).  But that functionality isn't yet set up. I hope to get that working the 3rd week of July, sometime.  

Thank you for your understanding.